Poor Marina Gross, a long-serving translator at the State Department. One wonders in the first place if the latest person to be caught in the well, cross-fire hurricane, had any idea that one day she would be – for a moment at least – such a public figure. One also wonders if Marina Gross is actually an interpreter which apparently is all by itself a very stressful job having to translate on the spot and verbally from one language to another. A translator usually has the time to check and correct what they do. Not so in the case of an interpreter.

Perhaps she is a translator rather than the latter and took copious notes at President Trump’s closed-doors meeting with Putin. And now Democrat Senators want those notes. At least in closed Senate session. Maria, the spy from Moscow, is already fading somewhat only 24 hours after she was indicted. Now Marina has taken her place. Because while Maria Butina might indeed have looked to cultivate relationships in all sorts of ways and perhaps develop back-channels – like many do in Washington’s foreign policy circles – she’s at least several degrees removed from President or then-Candidate Trump. And that might make for a good story, but when you’re gunning for the real bear – the one in the Oval Office – then you need to get a closer shot, right?

Hence a translator’s notes of a closed-door meeting between heads of state. This would set an awful precedent. Is there nothing that Democrats and Trump Resistance people will not poison in order to get any possible evidence that might lead to at least impeachment proceedings in the House, if not a supporting vote in the Senate? The intel community has had its reputation tarnished. Strzok’s appearance before the House Judiciary committee was feisty, obnoxious, deeply partisan and legally irrelevant unless the President himself allows all related documents to be released. Is this how the FBI sees itself and is this how we see them nowadays?

He deserves it, is the response of course.

The objective is – and has perhaps been since Trump was nominated in May of 2016 – impeachment. So, if Senate Democrats can parse the language of whatever was said – this is Trump after all – they will surely find some word salad that can be tossed a little to suggest whatever quid pro quo they wish to construct. And then if the House becomes Democrat-controlled in November, then impeachment hearings can get underway.

Devin Nunes lives, dreams, sweats, and sleeps this reality every day and is trying to get as much information out there as possible as he works against a stone-walling DOJ and FBI. But thanks to President Trump’s bigly blunder in Helsinki, Democrats now have the upper hand in terms of the news cycle. Who cares that the FBI or DOJ did in 2016?? Trump is a traitor!! They proclaim.

No, he’s not. Not at least until some concrete evidence suggests otherwise. Some compromising information that Putin’s men and women might have on him. But so far, nyet. What Trump is, is apparently unwilling to fully and completely and graciously acknowledge that Russia did indeed meddle and that his campaign had nothing to do with it. Without equivocating like he did Tuesday. And that he is the legitimate elected President of America and that he has been (or at least has allowed Congress to be) substantially harder on Russia than Obama ever was.

But he didn’t say that and even his walk-back was equivocal. And now we have a hard-working translator caught up in the storm. Ridiculous, but that’s where we are.

Ben Domenech, publisher of The Federalist – who’s rather unmoved by this event unlike the overwhelming majority of conservatives – has a rather blunt theory on why Trump can’t say yes to meddling while saying no to collusion. His ego won’t let him. Is Domenech right? Is it that disgustingly simple? Is anything that points away from Trump’s protagonism swatted away by him like an annoying mosquito?

We don’t know. But what we should know is that allowing a meeting between heads of state to be carved up like a bad autopsy in order to look for any evidence of any possible collusion, is the wrong way for Congress to assert its constitutional role regarding foreign policy. Not to mention to possibly endanger the so-beloved national security that Democrats pledge such allegiance to. Leave Maria Gross alone and instead call for a reasonably swift conclusion to Mueller’s probe so that the evidence can be brought out for all to see.

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